Perhaps a week of rest and recovery will change things, but there seems at least a chance that there could be a new order to West Virginia’s running back rotation this week.
Dreamius Smith is on a bit of a tear.
“He had his best game last week [at Texas],’’ Dana Holgorsen said of the 6-foot, 217-pound senior. “Against TCU, I can’t tell you he had his best game. It wasn’t. He got one run on them, but he didn’t play his best game. Last week, he played his best game.’’
In West Virginia’s 33-16 loss at Texas, Smith had 10 carries for 100 yards, including a 62-yard run. Most of his 70 yards a week earlier against TCU came on a 50-yard run. He also had 72 yards at Oklahoma State, including a 40-yard touchdown, and he had 60 the week before that against Baylor.
That’s 302 yards in four games for a running back who had just 109 in the first six. For much of those first six games, Smith was fourth and sometimes fifth in the rotation, always behind Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood and usually in the late-game mix with Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison.